Meet The Band: Diane Ireland

2 November 2018

I Thought it Might be Nice to do Some Blogging About the Band…

….the wonderful and faithful and talented people that we spend most of our time with.  Naturally, I would start with Diane Ireland, who plays flute.  She plays lots of flutes: Concert flute, alto flute, piccolo, recorder, Native Flute, Irish whistle, slide whistle and harmonica. 

Diane already knew she wanted to be a musician when she started learning to play the accordion at the age of 8. Her father, a professional clarinet player, traveled the world as a military musician for the Canadian Armed Forces. When Diane turned 13, her father brought home her first flute beginning her lifelong passion for that instrument. Diane graduated from high school in Colorado, then traveled to the Netherlands to study music at a conservatory in Utrecht. After that she moved back to Winnipeg, Canada, where she got her first position with a symphony orchestra, kicking off her professional career.    

We met Diane in Aspen Colorado at one of the annual John Denver gatherings in October.  That was almost 20 years ago – and since then Diane has become an integral part of our band, but more so has become an important part (and partner) in our music business.  Diane is a resident of Colorado Springs but spends most of her time at our home base in Southern California.  Diane helps us with band bookings, air travel and hotel reservations.  She specializes in our symphony bookings, which takes a unique skill set to organize the multitude of details required for a symphony performance so everything can go smoothly for the orchestra as well as the band.

Diane has 3 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 fur babies, Augie Doggie and Abbi.  She loves John Denver music and has been fortunate to have met John twice.  We all feel that the flute is the “heart and soul” of John Denver’s music.  Having Diane and her flute in our band makes us feel that we are sharing the very important “essence” of John Denver’s music.



  1. Posted by: May Johnson

    This was great! Love you Diane

  2. Posted by: BOB BRUCE

    Having had the pleasure of meeting Diane on a number of occasions we can only add that she is also a lovely, kind and gentle person when not entrancing us with her beautiful music!

  3. Posted by: Aileen

    …and she is funny, great to talk with and fun to hang out with! Whether you are in Aspen or Indiana or just some local Denny’s at 1 in the morning after a concert, she makes us laugh with her many stories of life on the road (and helps keep us awake, LOL)!

  4. Posted by: Grace D

    Great idea for the blog, Anne! Diane is truly a talented flutist and I enjoyed spending time with her in Aspen last year and learning more about her career’s journey and family.

    May all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

    Hugs to all,

  5. Posted by: Anne

    Thank you Grace!

  6. Posted by: Don Larson

    See you all on Friday 🙂

  7. Posted by: Joyce Bass

    Great write up about Diane. Also loved the performance of her and her dog.

  8. Posted by: Don Stover

    Do you and Jim have any plans for another Alaska cruise. Alaska is on my bucket list but, I would like to tick that one off on a cruise with you and your band.

  9. Posted by: Anne

    Hi Don, I’m going to get back to you on this as soon as I have a conversation with the cruise line….

  10. Posted by: Michele Miller

    I had a chance to speak with Diane in Rochester, NY when I asked her about the interesting flutes she plays. She was so patient answering my questions as well as those of others. Wow, 11 grandchildren……how wonderful!
    Great idea for blog!

  11. Posted by: Anne

    We are lucky to have the talented Diane in our group! I’m sure she enjoyed your interest in the flutes.

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